US – Century Printing & Packaging (CP&P), a label converting company, has invested in one of the newly launched Mark Andy Digital Series iQ digital hybrid presses, to grow its digital capacity.

The Digital Series iQ press is said to combine the servo platform and technology from Mark Andy’s Evolution Series with the Domino N610i UV-inkjet engine.

Mark Andy said that the press is targeted at the intermediate segment of the label market and provides the ideal balance of speed, print quality, and cost-effectiveness.

Founded in 1997, Century Printing & Packaging converts labels for different markets including newspapers, chemical, nutraceutical, and the food and beverage sectors.

The label converting company now has five Mark Andy flexo presses, which include three 10” 2200 models and a 13” Performance Series P5, in addition to the latest Digital Series iQ.

Century Printing & Packaging installed a Digital One toner-based line back in 2019, and the new Digital Series iQ is the company’s second Mark Andy digital press after that, said Mark Andy.

The printing machine maker claims that the Digital Series iQ can be equipped with up to seven UV inkjet colors (CMYKOV +WW) and integrated conversion components to fulfill the specific requirements of each customer.

The newly installed press at Century Printing & Packaging features a four-color digital capability with three flexo units along with Mark Andy’s QCDC die-cutting equipment.

Mark Andy said that the press can print at a resolution of 600 x 600dpi across a 13″ (330mm) web at a production speed of up to 230ft/min (70 m/min) in high-speed mode and 164 ft/min (50 m/min) in high-quality mode.

Mark Andy Sales Manager John Baer said: “Basically, we focused their attention on the cost to print/job estimation data that we had on file and made available to them.

“In simple terms, we took their book of business from the previous year and compared all the jobs they ran on their flexo presses with the same jobs costed on a Digital Series iQ.

“Long story short, running most of the jobs on the Digital Series iQ proved to be more profitable than traditional flexo – even on a Mark Andy flexo press!”

The new press is said to enable Century Printing & Packaging to increase its production volume and variety through the fast turnaround of high-quality labels with minimal waste and downtime.

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